Brice Catherin willingly stepped away from the contemporary music institutions in 2006 in order to freely develop a few activities as a multi-instrumental cellist, improviser, composer and art performer. These activities fed into each another, so that beyond his multidisciplinary shows and improvised concerts, he has never stopped composing and premiering written pieces.
Jacques Demierre is a pianist, composer and improviser. Whether acoustic or electroacoustic, respectful of the frames of traditional writing or freely improvised, his experimentations can be music just as well as sound poetry and sound interventions in situ. They are nonetheless all moved by the same search for awareness of sound.
Born in France, Anouck Genthon is a violinist, improviser and ethnomusicologist based in Geneva (CH). She anchors her work in the development of her own improvised language through the experience of sound and listening. She likes to engage in transversal forms of research forms and she plays in various contexts at the crossroads of improvised, experimental, contemporary, electroacoustic and traditional music through different projects from solo to large ensembles. She is a member of @ptt collective (promotion of acoustic art in the fields of music, language and visual arts) and Insub. in Geneva. She is the author of “Fictation” (Gamut, 2020) and “Tuareg Music. From political symbolism to aesthetic singularization” (L’Harmattan, 2012).
Brice, Jacques, Anouck, and Matthias Klenota came together for a day to record a new album of improvised music on ancient music instruments. They met at the studio @ptt in Chêne-Bougeries, Switzerland on 22nd of July 2021 and played for most of the afternoon, except Anouck who could join only towards the end. They shared a spinet, a clavichord, a (baroque) violin, two piccolo violins (built by Robin Jousson) and a five-string cello (built by Robin Jousson too). Brice arrived first, followed by Jacques, then Matthias, and finally Anouck. Brice recorded, edited, and mixed the improvisations; and later made the album cover and imposed the silly titles.